Tattoos can be a meaningful, lasting way of commemorating an important moment or milestone in your life. However, for too many people, they also represent impulsive, regrettable decisions we’d rather soon forget!
If you have a tattoo you’ve outgrown, you’ve probably given some thought to having it professionally removed, and you might have wondered what sort of options exist for you. Most people are familiar with laser removal, and increasing numbers of people have seen risky at-home removal kits advertised on social media and elsewhere. But you may not be aware of the safer, more effective alternatives available nowadays.
Read on to discover how advances in cosmetic enhancement can make your tattoos a thing of the past with minimal risk to your body!
First, let’s talk about the tattoo removal solutions we do NOT recommend. These include any at-home kit that purports to let untrained consumers bleach the pigment out of their skin with ointments or creams. It’s important to note that at this time the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has not given their approval to any such products, which means that consumers should not take their safety or efficacy for granted. In the worst-case scenarios, untrained practitioners may cause permanent burning or scarring to their delicate skin with the use of abrasive creams and chemicals. For that reason, Skintastic must advise readers against them.
Some other possible solutions include cosmetic concealer, which can be easily applied at home and poses minimal risk to users or having unwanted tattoos covered with new designs. There are some obvious drawbacks to these approaches: concealer must be applied daily and reapplied with wear, and while a cover-up might be a viable solution for somebody who plans to decorate their body with additional new designs, it isn’t helpful for those who want to be rid of their unwanted tattoos altogether.
That leaves us with several options, all of which should only be administered in a clinical setting by trained practitioners: lasering, dermabrasion, and excision.
Lasering is probably the most well-known treatment. This procedure involves targeting the pigmented area with a high-intensity laser. This process works by breaking the pigment into smaller particles which the body can then metabolize or excrete. Success is variable and depends on factors including the age and size of the design and the color and intensity of the pigment. If you choose to go this route, you should expect to have to undergo several sessions before the design is sufficiently faded.
It’s also important to have realistic expectations. Some pigments cannot be fully erased through lasering, only faded enough to reduce their visibility or to create a clean enough slate for a new design.
Dermabrasion is another increasingly popular tattoo-removal option. This procedure, which is also commonly used for facial exfoliation, involves using a fine granular substance to gently abrade away the uppermost layer of skin, which is then suctioned away by a vacuum device. This can be an effective treatment, particularly for older, more faded designs. Like lasering, it should only be performed by a trained dermatologist in a clinical setting.
Excision is another less common solution that involves cutting the design out of the skin with a scalpel and suturing the skin back together. Given the increased likelihood of permanent scarring, it’s no wonder that this is the least requested of the options listed.
Regardless of which solution you choose for your tattoo-removal purposes, it’s vital that you seek the assistance of a trained dermatologist rather than attempting to remove a tattoo yourself. Your skin is one of your body’s vital organs, and it should be handled with care by a skilled professional.
If you’re ready to take the next step and have your unwanted tattoos dealt with once and for all, contact us. We’re on hand to help you customize your appearance to suit your unique preferences and sense of personal style.
Disclaimer: The above article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Please also note that no cosmetic surgical procedures are guaranteed, and results will vary from client to client. For further information or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Skintastic. Our business is making you beautiful!